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Lean Summit India – Don’t miss your chance

NEWS – Only three weeks left to book a place at the Lean Summit India, to be held in Bangalore on November 5th and 6th.

Interviewee: S Sandilya, Chairman, Lean Management Institute of India

Planet Lean: What’s LMII’s experience with summits and what sets its events apart in India?

S Sandilya: Our first summit was held in 2009 and had Jim Womack as its guest of honour. It took place in two locations (one day per location). This year’s summit will be held in Bangalore and will focus on sustaining lean transformations.

Other lean conferences in India tend to focus on tools and techniques, while LMII’s attempts to cover the methodology holistically.

Rather than being sector specific, we plan to cover many industries, including manufacturing, IT, services, and infrastructure.

PL: What can participants expect to learn from José Ferro and John Shook?

SS: I expect John and José to cover the five-dimensional Lean Transformation Model in great detail, in the context of how organizations can sustain their lean journeys and overcome challenges.

Their experience with organizations worldwide will surely be of great value to our participants.

PL: What topics will the summit focus on specifically?

SS: During the sessions and keynotes, we will discuss several subjects, including: integrated approach to lean production system; managing faster growth in turbulent times in a software and services environment; lean in a digital, distributed value chain; grass roots improvement opportunities in financial services; challenges to lean in discreet process-oriented manufacturing; striving for excellence through engaged employees; lean thinking applied to engineering, procurement, and contracts.

We will be very exhaustive in our coverage of lean.

PL: How mature are Indian companies in the adoption of lean thinking and how does this reflect on the program of the summit?

SS: It is of course difficult to generalize as there are companies in India that are very advanced in their application of lean and many others that are in the initial stages of their journeys.

What can be said is that for many years, Indian companies have applied TQM and TPM principles. Several have won Deming Prizes (after Japan, India is the country that won the maximum number of them).

The Quality movement has a long tradition in the country, but it has been observed that quality initiatives were not able to sustain results over time.

It is still not common to see holistic lean transformations here in India. So far, the focus has been on manufacturing, especially on shop floor practices (the same has happened in the rest of the world).

That’s why we want our summit to concentrate on sustained lean transformations. We think we can contribute to helping companies to move from a tools-based approach to a more all-encompassing view of lean thinking. We also want to show people that lean is applicable to all sectors and not just manufacturing, as many seem to believe.

PL: What process have you followed to organize the summit?

SS: We developed the summit with the idea to deliver value to our participants. We have teamed up with All India Management Association, which has tremendous experience in the organization of conferences and thousands of members.

To identify the best topics to cover, we consulted with several companies on a successful lean journey and asked them to share their stories at the summit.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present such interesting case studies, which – we are sure – will create awareness on the potential of lean thinking to improve business performance and on the challenges that organizations normally face in their transformations.

We are very fortunate to have John Shook and José Ferro as our keynote speakers, and we are looking forward to a very exciting lean summit.



S Sandilya, Chairman, Lean Management Instituut of India